tv Way Too Early With Willie Geist MSNBC May 24, 2012 2:30am-3:00am PDT
things up in the third period. the question is did the devils manage ato avoid an epic collapse? it's way too early for this. good morning. i'm jonathan capehart in for willie geist. this is "way too early." i'm glad you are up this morning with us this morning watching on msnbc or listening live on sirius xm radio. shoot me an e-mail at way too early@msnbc or tweet me at williegeist 1. or you can do what paul pierre does and text the word awake followed by your response to 622639. we'll read the best responses later in the show. the next 30 minutes will be your cram session for this thursday, may 24th. there's a lot going on today, including new revelations that last month's fiesta in colombia
wasn't the first time secret service agents ran into trouble on the job. plus -- >> i think it's especially applicable to today's ceremonies. it goes like this. ♪ this is how we do it >> "saturday night live's" andy samberg sends off harvard's class of 2012 with a hilarious speech. that's ahead in the cooler. but let's get to the news live at 5:30 a.m. here at 30 rock in new york city. new poll numbers show president obama holding a narrow lead over mitt romney in three key battleground states. according to nbc news marist poll, he edges out the likely republican nominee by six points in ohio and he's up four points on romney in both florida and virginia. but the gap is closing. in virginia, for example, the race narrowed by 13 points in the last two months.
so what happens when influential leaders from those states are floated as potential running mates to romney? the obama/biden ticket comes out by five points when robert portman is added to the ballot. in virginia, governor bob mcdonnell helps romney bring the race to within the margin of error. a romney/rubio ticket trails the president and vice president by four points while former governor jeb bush narrows the democr democrats' lead to two points. senator rubio was on hand yesterday in washington as former governor romney addressed the latino coalition's annual economic summit. romney made no mention of the issue of immigration. instead, focusing his remarks on education equality calling it the, quote, civil rights issue of our time. >> as president, i'm going to give the parents of every low-income and special needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to
school. for the first time in history, federal education funds will be linked to the student so that parents can send their child to any public or charter school of their choice. >> as romney works to connect with latino voters, our new poll shows president obama leading with 61% support among that demographic. all comes back to the economy where romney is pledging to cut the nation's unemployment rate to 6% if he becomes president. he also -- he is also pushing back against criticism about his record at bain capital. telling "time" magazine's mark halperin that having business experience is critical to getting the nation's economy back on track. >> the fact is that i spent 25 years in the private sector. and that, obviously, teaches you something that you don't learn if you haven't spent any time in the private sector. if you would say, tell me what you learn from your schooling that would help you be a president, it's like, well, how do i begin going through a list like that? you learn through life's
experiences. the president's experience has been exclusively in politics and as a community organizer. both of those are fine areas of endeavor. but right now, we have an economy in trouble. and someone who spent their career in the economy is more suited to help fix the economy than someone who spent his life in politics and as a community organizer. >> president obama is out west today. after delivering yesterday's commencement address at the u.s. air force academy in colorado. the president focused his remarks on foreign policy. arguing the country is safer today than it was when he first took office. >> you are the first class in nine years that will graduate into a world where there are no americans fighting in iraq. for the first time in your lives and thanks to air force personnel who did their part, osama bin laden is no longer a threat to our country. we've put al qaeda on the path to defeat. and you are the first graduates since 9/11 who can clearly see
how we'll end the war in afghanistan. for a decade, we have labored under the dark cloud of war. and now we can see a light. the light of a new day on the horizon. >> the president will attend a campaign event in palo alto, california, before delivering remarks on the economy in iowa this afternoon. now to business news where facebook is coming under fire from investors who are now suing the company for allegedly withholding information about the social network's initial public offering. morgan stanley, the lead bank behind the ipo, is also facing lawsuits. for more on this story, let's take an early look at the markets as we get all up in your business this morning. cnbc's geoff cutmore is live in london. what's the latest? >> hey, good morning. it's amazing, isn't it? mark zuckerberg, jonathan, seems to have gone from hero to zero. in the space of just a few days.
what we have here are lawyers combing now over statements that facebook made back on may the 9th. and there was a reference put out by facebook to growth in its mobile operations. but some questions in the hard to interpret information about just how much advertising they were managing to get on the mobile platform. now this has boiled into a potential lawsuit against facebook from those investors who say that that information wasn't necessarily clear and many of the insiders investing in facebook actually were better informed than the broad market. back to you. >> geoff in other news, hewlett-packard announced plans to cut 27,000 jobs by 2014. what kind of impact will this have on the markets today? >> well, this is interesting, isn't it. because in the world of markets, often when companies cut costs,
that's seen as a positive for the stock because it means the company will be more efficient going forward. but some big red flags around hewlett-packard. profit down 31% for the period. and they are being forced to make these cuts. and i guess one word, the ipad. i throw that out to you because for companies like dell and hewlett-packard, it is quite frankly changed the game in terms of pc manufacturing. back to you, jonathan. >> geoff, thank you. overseas, voting continues in egypt today as that country holds its first free elections for president. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel is in cairo to cover the historic event. >> reporter: egyptians by the millions turned out to make history. >> to feel the freedom and to feel that we are human for the first time. >> reporter: mostly it was peaceful as voters lined up in cairo to choose from among five leading candidates. a socialist, two islamists with ties to the long banned muslim
brotherhood and two with ties to former president mubarak. it wasn't always certain this day would come. last year, in tahrir square, millions demanded democracy. it's a choice between continuity and a new direction under islamic leadership that could see egypt turn away from four decades of pro-american policy. islamic candidates appear to be the most organized. we saw muslim brotherhood activists helping voters find their names on ballot lists. >> translator: i support the muslim brotherhood because it has long said islam is the solution, he said. not everyone agrees. the campaign here has been vigorous. mass rallies, televised debates. but in this overwhelm league muslim country, islamic candidates have a big advantage. the pulpit. at a recent campaign event, a cleric rallies the crowd. they cheer the people want
islamic law. that could mean big changes across the middle east. >> that was nbc's richard engel reporting from cairo. if no candidate wins a majority of the vote, a run-off will be scheduled for the top two contenders. u.s. officials are calling on pakistan to release a doctor who was sentenced to 33 years in prison for helping the cia hunt for osama bin laden. dr. shakil afridi was detained shortly after last year's american raid that killed the terror leader. afridi was convicted for treason for helping the cia run a fake vaccination program that was really aimed at collecting dna to verify whether or not bin laden was living in the compound. the sentence comes just days after president obama refused to meet privately with pakistan's president at the nato summit in chicago because pakistan refused to reopen a key border crossing used to ship military supplies into afghanistan. new findings from a
congressional hearing on the secret service have senators calling for deeper investigations into the culture of the elite agency. members of the homeland security committee were looking into allegations that 12 secret service agents solicited prostitutes in colombia last month. during questioning, the panel learned that during the salt lake city olympics back in 2002, agents had been disciplined for parties with underaged women. and another employee was fired in 2008 for soliciting a prostitute in washington, d.c., who turned out to be an undercover police officer. secret service director mark sullivan apologized on behalf of the agency but insisted the incidents are not part of a larger problem. still ahead on "way too early" the boston celtics had a chance to close out their series with the sixers last night. but would the ceremonial return of allen iverson inspire philly to force a game seven? highlights ahead in sports. plus, how much does a potential running mate's home
state factor into the selection process by a presidential candidate? we'll look back at some of the past elections and get a check on weather when "way too early" comes right back. inside a heavily guarded courthouse, the government got the sentences it wanted for each of the four muslim fundamentalist defendants. 240 years for the bombing of the world trade center. six people were killed, 1,000 were injured in the explosion 15 months ago this week. ed smith lost his pregnant wife. now he says justice is served. the wheat in every mini-wheat has gotta be just right.
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and execute it with a wide range of low cost investments. get a great plan and low cost investments at e-trade. look at the little cloudy there in washington, d.c. looking at the jefferson memorial. and a couple of those bridges whose names i should know since i lived there in the town but i can't tell you right now because
it's kind of dark. let's get a check of the weather from nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> some river called the potomac. >> the potomac and 14th street bridge and the other one that i couldn't quite make out. >> you don't need to know that stuff. >> no, i don't. >> just work on the sports names for the next segment. >> don't give it away, bill. you'll want to see this. >> the drama. good morning, everyone. we are watching some nasty weather this morning in the northern plains, minneapolis all the way down to areas just outside of omaha, around sioux city. this is going to sweep through iowa and along interstate 35 this morning. really the only big trouble spot we have out there. we're doing better in many other areas. a few showers this morning up around virginia beach and norfolk into elizabeth city area. right in the border of north carolina and virginia. and that's about the worst of it. forecastwise today, strong thunderstorms, minneapolis. will move towards central wisconsin during the late evening. iowa through central and northern missouri. those are the areas of concern. otherwise, it's a pretty quiet
day. we will once again see afternoon showers and storms around d.c. and baltimore. yesterday, pretty good storms. new york city, a chance of some showers, too. one just went through over the last half hour. forecastwise for today, very warm in dallas at 95 degrees. and taking a look at the upcoming holiday weekend, i don't see a lot of issues out there. the northern portion of the country will get some wet weather. the heat is really going to expand from the texas area all the way through the ohio valley. many of us will see a really nice holiday weekend. not too many issues. stretching it out? >> i'm stretching it out, bill. >> podsednik. >> that's the tough one. >> you are giving it away. this is the burlitz edition of sports. the celtics had a chance to close out their series with the sixers last night in philadelphia and clinch a spot in the eastern conference finals. former sixers great allen iverson was on hand and the sixers did him proud in this one. the third period, andrei iguodala weaves through the defense for the dunk and the foul.
sixers take a five-point lead after the free throw. in the fourth period, allen gives it up to drew holliday. he had a team high 20 points for the sixers. under 30 seconds left in the game, paul pierce tries a desperation three-pointer but can't get it to call. dueling grabs the rebound. sixers win, 82-75 to force a decisive game seven saturday night in boston. the heat can advance to the conference finals with a win tonight in indianapolis. to hockey. a shootout between the rangers and devils in a critical game five at the garden. devils get on the board early when stephan gionta finds the net. that gives them a 1-0 lead. not even two minutes later, the devils score again. patrik elias with the goal and the devils are up 2-0. still in the first period, travis sajak finds the net for the devils.
3-0. the rangers never recover from the early onslet and the devils win, 5-3 and take a lead in the series. the yankees taking on the royals in the bronx. alex rodriguez hits a two-run home run over the left field wall. yankees up 3-0. two innings later, a-rod at it again. hits his second home run of the game. it's the first multihomer game for a-rod since this time last year. the yankees go on to win, 8-3. the phillies sent cole hamels to the mound against bryce harper and the nationals. the last time these two squared off, hamels earned a five-game suspension for intentionally throwing a fastball into harper's back. harper got some pitches in the strike zone. he sent a fly ball to the left field warning track for the out. in the sixth, nationals down 2-0. harper singles off hamels and espinoza will try for home but hunter pence nails him with a great throw to keep the nats off
the board. same score in the seventh. juan pierre lays down the suicide squeeze to bring another run home. phillie goes on to win, 4-1 and snap their four-game losing streak. the red sox trying to get back to the .500 mark taking on the orioles in baltimore. red sox clinging to a one-run lead until shoppach sends a shot over the left field wall. sox go up on the homer. scott podsednik puts the red sox up by two. they hang on to win 6-5 and move their troerecord to 22 wins and losses on the year. praise be. praise be. coming up at the top of the hour on "morning joe" mitt romney tells mark halperin he welcomes a debate with the president over bain capital. we'll kick that around with halperin and the morning joe crew in a few minutes. when we come back here, we'll huddle around the water
indicate mitt romney choice of running mate could have a significant effect on how he performs against president obama in swing states this november. if you want to sound smart today, tell your friends no presidential candidate has been elected without carrying his running mate's home state in the general election since 1968. when richard nixon defeated hubert humphrey despite losing spiro agnew's home state of maryland. let's gather around the water cooler to watch "saturday night live's" andy samberg give graduation advice to harvard's class of 2012 during yesterday's harvard college class day. >> this is a truly beautiful and poignant passage from the 1929 collection, the winding stair and other poems. and i think it's especially applicable to today's ceremonies. it goes like this. ♪ this is how we do it
♪ this is how we do it ♪ it's friday night and i feel all right ♪ mark zuckerberg, who was a harvard student, was kind enough to send me some remarks that i will relate to you now. hey, guys, it's me, mark. or as my friend cokofi annan cas me. i asked mark wahleberg to send over some thoughts for you guys. and here's what he had to say. hey, harvard. how's it going? so you guys are graduating, huh? i think that's great. we should do a film together. what do you think. but my advice to you is simple. relax, dude! you just finished college at harvard. you worked so hard.
trust me. you're going to kill it. i went to santa cruz and then i transferred to film school and i am rich. >> that is great. and as the olympic torch makes its way through london for the start of the summer games, black eyed pea's front man will.i.am had the honor of run with the torch. jimmy kimmel noticed that will.i.am does a little multitasking during his job. >> that's a big deal being asked to run with the torch. you could see how touched will.i.am was. >> something you always saw on tv doing growing up, and so to be here today in the uk, you know, with all the hard work that it took me to get to this level to be able to do that, it's following the pursuit of my dreams and now i'm here in the uk running the torch.
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the top story on msnbc.com this morning. for the first time in 5,000 years, egyptians went to the polls to vote on their next leader. after last spring's upheaval, demonstrators are gone and campaign posters cover tahrir square as they are practicing the rights they fought and died in the square to achieve. at the top of the show, we asked you, why are you awake. producer dan norwick has your answers. dan? >> elliott writes, i woke up and had a revelation you just started a new trend in sports broadcasting. >> sort of like the